~ 187. Anansi Robs Death's House ~


Anansi decided to rob Death's house.
To get through Death's Gate, he rubbed grease on the Gate. 
"Delicious!" said the Gate. "Thank you, Anansi!" The Gate swung open and then closed.
Anansi filled up his sacks with Death's things. He didn't know Death was watching!
Anansi started to leave, but Death shouted at Gate, "Open not!"
But the Gate was grateful and opened for Anansi.
Death jumped on Anansi's back and rode him all the way home.
Anansi threw Death down in the yard and went to get his axe.
When he came back with the axe, Death was gone.


Inspired by: Wona's story "Anancy Meets Bredda Death" as reported in The Caribbean Story Finder by Sharon Barcan Elswit.
Notes: This story is 385 in Elswit's index, from Wona's book, A Selection of Anancy Stories. Sadly, the English book is not available online, but a German translation is available at Hathi. In the second part of the story, Death grows as a plant in Anansi's yard and when Anansi eats the plant, he dies.

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